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Published on January 10th, 2014 | By: Eileen De Guire


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on January 10th, 2014 | By: Eileen De Guire

Financial success conceptBoeing closes 2013 with record commercial deliveries


Boeing set a company record in 2013 for the most commercial airplanes delivered in a single year with 648. The company’s unfilled commercial orders stood at 5,080 at the end of the year —also a new Boeing record. Boeing also booked 1,531 gross commercial orders in 2013, a new company record and 1,355 net commercial orders in 2013, the second-largest number in company history. In 2013, three programs set records for deliveries in single year: the 737 program delivered 440 Next-Generation 737s, the 777 program delivered 98 airplanes, and the 787 program delivered 65 Dreamliners. Boeing launched two new airplane programs in 2013. The 777X launched in November at the Dubai Air Show with 259 orders and commitments worth more than $95 billion at list prices. Boeing also launched the 787-10 Dreamliner, the most fuel-efficient jetliner in history, at the Paris Air Show in June.


US Navy awards Lockheed Martin $84 million contract for production of paveway II Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds


Lockheed Martin received an $84.5 million contract on Dec. 23 from the US Navy to produce paveway II Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTR).

Under the four-year indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver ELGTRs, shipping containers, logistics, and product support to the US Navy. The contract extends delivery of ELGTRs to the US Navy through 2018. ELGTR emulates cockpit indications, release and terminal characteristics of the paveway II laser guided weapon systems to provide affordable, high-performance aircrew training without depleting paveway II laser guided bomb (LGB) tactical inventory. Recognized worldwide as the only live-fire training solution for warfighters, the ELGTR is compatible with F/A-18, AV-8B, F-16 and various international aircraft.


Plibrico Materials Division focuses on West Coast growth


Plibrico Company LLC welcomed Paul Schmidt as the new Plibrico Refractory Materials Division Area Sales Manager for the Western United States and Canada. Schmidt brings over 25 years of experience in refractory and insulation materials sales to the position. His experience includes refractory and high-temperature insulation sales to distributors and end users across many of the markets we serve — cement, lime, boilers, power, ceramic, pulp/paper, ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals. Prior to joining Plibrico, Schmidt  held sales and management positions with Allied Minerals, Unifrax Corporation, US Castings and Nutec Fibratec. 


USPTO to host forum to discuss proposed changes to implement Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 – Title I The Hague Agreement


The US Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office will hold a public forum to discuss implementation of Title I of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (“PLTIA”). The law, which serves as the implementing legislation for the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, allows applicants to file a single international design application to acquire global protection. The forum will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at the USPTO campus in Alexandria, Virginia. The PLTIA and the proposed rules call for standardizing formal requirements for international design applications; establishing the USPTO as an office through which international design applications may be filed; provide for substantive examination by the Office of international design applications that designate the US; provide provisional rights for published international design applications that designate the US; and set the patent term for design patents at 15 years from the date of patent grant.


Air Products dedicates new Florida LNG heat exchanger manufacturing facility


Air Products’ new liquefied natural gas heat exchanger manufacturing facility in Manatee County, Florida  will double the company’s manufacturing capacity of its proprietary technology. Air Products has manufactured LNG heat exchangers as large as 15.5 feet (4.7 meters) in diameter, 180 feet (55 meters) long, and weighing as much as 500 tons (455 metric tonnes) at its Wilkes-Barre, Pa., facility for over 45 years. Air Products’ proprietary technology operates in 15 countries processing and cryogenically liquefying natural gas for consumer and industrial use. The technology takes natural gas that is essentially a stranded valuable resource, and unlocks it by liquefying it and making it possible to economically ship it around the world. The LNG is eventually regasified for energy use.

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